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Jog For Jockeys 2012

The second running of ‘Jog for Jockeys’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 29th July at three Irish Racecourses: The Curragh, Leopardstown and Limerick. Hector O’hEochagain and Nina Carberry launched the 2012 event in which last year over 780 people took part in and raised €25,000.

Amongst the participants in the inaugural ‘Jog for Jockey’s were well known faces including jockeys Barry Geraghty, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis and Wayne Lordan; Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer; RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue; Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll; RACE apprentice jockeys and staff from Derrinstown Stud.

Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said: “We are delighted to be running the ‘Jog for Jockeys’ again this year. Just like last year there will be a great atmosphere on the three courses and we really do want people to take part – you can walk or run it, it’s really all about participation and we hope it will grow even more this year.”

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said: “Thank you to all who supported the first ‘Jog for Jockeys’. I would like to reiterate what I said last year by doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 mph on a half-ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres.

“Last year saw two of our flat jockeys suffer very serious injuries. Among our National Hunt jockeys, we recorded 13 cases of concussion, 36 fractures and multiple other injuries. Apart from the contributions to the Injured Jockeys Fund from owners, trainers and jockeys etc, fundraisers such as this are essential to maintain sufficient funds to support our jockeys when out injured and pay appropriate medical expenses.”

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The Irish Field to sponsor 10 races at The Curragh

The Irish Field has agreed to sponsor a series of 10 races at the Curragh this year. The first in the series will take place on the opening day of the flat racing season on Sunday, March 25th, while the series will culminate with the Listed Finale Stakes at the final day of the Curragh season on Sunday, October 14th.

The Irish Field, who have sponsored the Irish St Leger since 2003, will also be associated with the spectacle of the first race run in Ireland which will be restricted to horses registered as grey.

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, The Irish Field’s managing editor Leo Powell said: “We have had a great association with the final classic of the year and during our involvement many new records and standards were set. The connection between us, the race and the Melbourne Cup has helped to promote our product to an international audience. We have decided now to refocus our marketing spend to cover the widest spectrum of equine activities, and the 10-race sponsorship at the Curragh will keep our brand name to the fore throughout the flat season.

“Readers will benefit too from the broad sponsorship and we will promote attendance at the races for the period of our sponsorship. We look forward to a competitive series of races.”

Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, commented: “The Irish Field have been tremendous supporters of the Curragh and I am delighted that we will have them associated with so many of our race days this year. We plan to put together a variety of initiatives which will aim to benefit their readers on these days”.

Entries out for big Leopardstown races

Entries are out for the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle, the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle and the Grade 1 Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase which will be run on Sunday 12th February (Hennessy Gold Cup Day).

Minsk could start off his hurdling career at Leopardstown next month in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle. The four-year-old has been absent since he ran out an impressive winner of the Cesarewitch at The Curragh last October, but his trainer Dessie Hughes reports the son of Dalakhani to be in great shape.

He said: “I am very happy with him and he could go to Leopardstown for the Grade 1 there next month and if he needs another week or so, there is a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse on the 25th February. I’ve been delighted with him and he has been in fabulous form.”

Tom George has made a tentative entry for Baby Mix, who is as low as 6/1 for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He said: “I am not sure where he’ll go – he is in at Cheltenham at the weekend, so we’ll see. It is a speculative entry really.”

The unbeaten Ut De Sivola could represent Willie Mullins in that contest, while the champion trainer holds a very strong hand in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice hurdle and is responsible for seven of the 24 entries.

The improving Lord Windermere looks set to take on some of the best novice hurdlers around in that event. His trainer Jim Culloty said: “He has had a nice break since he beat Dylan Ross at Punchestown and the plan is that he’ll run at Leopardstown. He is in super form and is the type of horse that I think will continue to improve and he has come on a nice bit since his last run. I am looking forward to it and he will be my first runner in a Grade 1.”

The Philip Fenton-trained Last Instalment could put his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the Grade 1 Dr P.J Moriarty Novice Chase. The exciting seven-year-old handled better ground when he ran out a clear cut winner of the Fort Leney Novice Chase at this venue last month.

Elliott dreaming of Hennessy success

The Gordon Elliott-trained Jessies Dream, who has been absent since finishing second in last season’s RSA Chase at Cheltenham, is on course to make his seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown in next month’s Hennessy Gold Cup.

Elliott reports the eight-year-old to be fresh and well: “We gave him a long break after Cheltenham, as he was a bit sore afterwards, but he seems to be in great shape again and the plan is that he’ll more than likely head to Leopardstown.”

He added: “We’ll take him to Fairyhouse to work next Tuesday and if he comes through that okay, I’d say that he’ll run in the Hennessy.”

Quito De La Roque is also pencilled in to run at Leopardstown and Colm Murphy will be hoping for an improved performance from the son of Saint Des Saints which ran below expectations in the Lexus Chase.

“He has come out that race fine, but we were very disappointed with him the last day,” said Murphy. “Nothing came to light and perhaps he just had a harder race than we thought he had, when he won the Nicholson Chase. He was a bit quiet in himself after the Lexus, but he seems to be back in good form again now and he seems to go on any ground, so we’d be hoping for a much better run from him in the Hennessy.”

Synchronised a runaway winner of the Lexus Chase is on course for a return trip to Leopardstown and Frank Berry, racing manager for JP McManus said: “He has come out of The Lexus in great form. He travelled away lovely that day, he jumped great and he got a great ride, so he’ll definitely go back there for the Hennessy.”

Nick Williams has made a tentative entry for the talented Diamond Harry, but stated: “He is in at Cheltenham next weekend and the plan is that he’ll go there. But if that was called off or if he didn’t make it to Cheltenham, he could go for the Hennessy.”

The Minack, a much improved performer this season, will tackle Grade 1 company for the first time over fences at Leopardstown, when he represents Paul Nicholls and owner Graham Roach.

Willie Mullins successful in the corresponding event 12 months ago with Kempes, is responsible for four of the 17 entries, including Quel Esprit and recent Thurles winner Apt Approach.

Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse said: “We are delighted with the quality of entries for the Hennessy Gold Cup, for this the 22nd running of the event. This is always a wonderful race and this year promises to be no exception. It is great to see the number of English entries, this is no surprise given the prestige of the race and the excellent prize money on offer. The Hennessy Gold Cup will be the highlight of a great day’s racing at Leopardstown which features four Grade 1 races. The Hennessy Enclosure Marquee will host the Hennessy Gold Cup Best Dressed Lady, pre-registrations are available on http://www.hennessybestdressed.ie.”

Caroline Sleiman, Market Development Manager for Hennessy comments: “Hennessy has always been a major supporter of racing in Ireland. This year’s race marks the 22nd running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown and each year, we are delighted with the calibre of horses it attracts and grateful to the owners, trainers and jockeys who provide such excitement each year. I’m sure 2012’s race will be no different and look forward to an exhilarating race.”

Irish racing figures turn a corner

Bloodstock sales, Tote betting and racecourse attendances produced significant growth in 2011, figures issued by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) on Monday, January 16.

This marks a positive upturn for the industry which had suffered severe contraction since 2007 across almost all areas. Growing success in overseas markets saw Irish-foaled horses exported to 35 countries compared to 34 in 2010. Bloodstock sales at public auction in Ireland were €81 million, up 19% from €68 million in 2010.
It is estimated that a further €112 million of bloodstock was sold by Irish consignors at auction in Britain and France and the total value of Irish-foaled exported horses sold at public auction was €156.5 million, up 6.5% from €146.9 million.

Racecourse attendances were up by 40,000 at 1.24 million compared to 1.20 million in 2010. The average attendance at race meetings in 2011 was 3,682, up 3% from 3,586. Tote betting was €51.1 million, up 11.3% from €45.9 million, with most of the increase generated by international co-mingling deals. While the number of new owners entering the market, an important indicator of the health of horse racing, emerged fractionally ahead at 777, just one up on 2010, total active ownership declined by 8% from 4,667 to 4,278. The total ownership figure, along with declines in a number of other key areas, show the limited nature of the recovery and the scale of the challenges which must be faced in coming years.

The average number of horses in training fell from 5,769 to 5,030, the lowest number in 10 years. Bookmakers’ betting on-course fell from €107.4 million to €97.5million, reflecting the twin challenges of the recession and online wagering, while prize-money fell from €46.0 million to €44.4 million and is now at its lowest level since 2002.

Irish-trained horses had remarkable success in the UK and overseas, with a 53% increase in prize money won abroad from €8.52 million in 2010 to €13 million. Irish trainers’ skills are reflected in the World Thoroughbred Rankings which show that 6 of the top 10 and 14 of the top 30 two-year-olds in the world in 2011 were Irish–trained.

Horse Racing Ireland CEO, Brian Kavanagh said: “The 2011 figures contain some welcome news for an industry which has endured heavy cutbacks and difficult trading conditions in recent years. The growth in racecourse attendance is particularly welcome given the pressure that leisure and retail markets generally have been under and I congratulate the racecourses who have worked hard to attract and retain race-goers. Strong bloodstock sales overall and growth in the value of exports for Irish-bred horses show that the reputation and value of the Irish thoroughbred remains high and this gives us confidence that this figure will continue to grow. The weakness of the horses in training figure, however, is a cause for real concern as this is the area where rural employment is most affected. This is one of the many challenges which must be addressed in the coming year.”

Key performance figures which grew:
Bloodstock Sales* up 19.1% to €81m
Tote betting up 11.3% to €51.1m
Irish-foaled exported horse sales up 6.5% to €156.5m
Total attendances up 3.3% to 1.24m
New owners up 0.1% to 777

Key performance figures which declined:
Average horses-in-training down 12.8% to 5,030
On-course bookmakers betting down 9.2% to €97.5m
Total number of owners down 8.3% to 4,278
Total prize money down 3.5% to €44.4m
Race sponsorship down 3% to €4.8m

Kavanagh continued: “Irish racing is showing resilience in the face of the recession but its capacity to re-build has been severely limited by successive cutbacks to its budget, totalling 26% since 2008. This is a direct consequence of low betting duties and the movement of betting revenues online and off-shore. The negative effect of this on prize money and investment has had damaging effects throughout the industry. Our prize money is at its lowest level for ten years, at a time when other major European racing countries are announcing prize money increases. The 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings which were published last week, with six of the top ten and fourteen of the top thirty two-year-olds in the world Irish-trained show the potential which exists for real growth in this sector if we can get the structures and funding in place to do so. The Government’s recently announced plans, to extend the betting duty regime to remote betting and exchanges and to carry out a review of the industry, offer the prospect of a secure funding mechanism for racing and we look forward to working with Minister Coveney and his Department on this task.”

Quinn ladies steal show at Naas

Celebrity Judges Gillian & Aisling Quinn coupled with the much sought after first prize of a €1,000 worth of Prizes from the Osprey Hotel + Spa made the perfect partners for Ladies Day at Naas Races. All eyes were firmly fixed on style and the fashionista’s of the day; the stylish winner was Emer Nash from Castlemartin, Co.Limerick.

Emer Nash, looked stunning in an racing and weather appropriate outfit and was polished off by a red and black hat from Aristohats in Newbridge. The outfit comprised of an elegant black jumpsuit from Vanity Fair Newbridge, shoes from Marks & Spencer’s, handbag from Aldo and high street accessories including gloves and umbrella from Penny’s and belt from Dunnes Stores. Emer won a €1,000 worth of prizes from the Osprey Hotel + Spa. The prize includes a two night stay for two people in the Osprey Hotel + Spa’s luxurious penthouse, with an elegant living room downstairs and your own private balcony, champagne and chocolates on arrival, a delicious dinner at the mash restaurant and an hour long Swedish massage. A delighted Emer Nash said:- “I am thrilled to win at Naas, I come here several times throughout the year with my friends and was delighted to hear of their plans for a Ladies Day, it gave us all a chance to get dressed up on a beautiful Autumn Day but I never dreamed I’d actually win!”

Osprey Hotel + Spa Ladies Day produced an abundance of high quality fashion taking part in the Best Dressed Lady competition. Celebrity Judges Aisling & Gillian Quinn had the difficult task of choosing the winner from such a high quality turnout. The ten lucky runners-up were congratulated with a luxury beauty goodie bag from the Osprey Hotel + Spa to celebrate their place as one of the glamorous finalists and all the ladies who dressed up enjoyed a Sparkling Prosecco reception. The ten finalists included Margaret Mc Connolly from Mullingar, Denise Mc Lean from Newbridge, Marie Smyth from Naas, Liz Waters from Newtown, Charlene Kilroy from Naas, Shauna Channon from Newbridge, Rose Buggy from Bagnalstown, Sarah Cass from Gowran, and Liz Maher from Bagnalstown.

Celebrity judge, Gillian Quinn said: “Aisling and I both enjoy a day’s racing and we love fashion and were delighted to be asked to judge the Best Dressed Lady at Naas, our local track. I was thrilled to see such a wonderful array of stylish outfits and beautiful women. Today’s winner, Emer Nash really stood out to me and I’d like to thank John Caffey from the Osprey Hotel + Spa and Naas Races for having me here today”.

Tom Ryan, Manager of Naas racecourse said: “We are delighted with the strong crowd on this one of the highlights of our Racing Calendar, the Derrinstown Stud Birdcatcher day. It has been a very encouraging race meeting with an increased attendance from 2010 of 3,126 this year, and a strong betting turnover of €316,000 in the ring and €98,600 with the Tote. The atmosphere her at Ladies day has been incredible with such high-fashion and great Flat and National Hunt racing, at this our annual Ladies Day Event.”

The feature race of the day, The Derrinstown Stud Birdcatcher Nursery worth €65,000, was won by Beau Amadeus, who is owned by Total Recall Racing Club and trained by Ado Mc Guinness and ridden by Wayne Lordan.

€25,000 raised for Injured Jockeys Fund

Jog for Jockeys are delighted to announce that their inaugural 5k Jog for Jockeys which took place on the 21st of August earlier this year raised €25,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund, the cheque was handed over by some of Ireland’s top Flat Jockeys at Naas races today (inc Kevin Manning, Pat Smullen, Wayne Lordan, Joseph O’Brien, etc).

Amongst the well known faces that ran the 5k earlier this year were:- Jockeys Barry Geraghty, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis, Wayne Lordan and Nina Carberry. Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer. RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue, Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll. RACE students, Derrinstown, etc.

Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said:- “We’re were delighted to have raised €25,000 for a very worthy cause, the Injured Jockeys Fund, we had over 700 people take part at the 5 racecourses. We will be running the event again next year on Sunday 29th July and imagine that it will grow even more; so far the confirmed tracks are The Curragh, Leopardstown, and Limerick, the final courses will be confirmed soon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the runners, the volunteers who assisted on the day and in the build up, the five racecourses that we ran on and all our Sponsors.”

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said:- “Thank you to all who supported the ‘Jog for Jockeys’, by doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse to provide you and I with the enjoyment – the buzz and thrill – we all get from racing, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 miles per hour on a half ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres. I was delighted to take part at the Naas Jog for Jockeys along with Kildangan’s Joe Osborne, Trainers Dick Brabazon and Willie McCreery and lots of Jockeys and racing fans. There was a real feel good factor at the event and hopefully it will be a successful fundraiser for years to come.”

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Rehab hooked in at Leopardstown

BHP Insurances Ltd and Leopardstown Racecourse today announced Rehab Group as the charity partner of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle Day at Leopardstown on Sunday 29th January 2012.

Next year is the second of BHP’s five year sponsorship of the Irish Champion Hurdle and will feature as part of a weekend that includes the MCR Hurdle on the Saturday making it a bumper New Year weekend for Leopardstown (28th & 29th January 2012).

The Rehab Group is a leading non-governmental organisation which works towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Rehab work in local communities to provide high-quality services and opportunities to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised.

BHP Insurance and Rehab will host a raceday lunch in the Leopardstown Pavilion with all proceeds from the event going to Rehab services. Racegoers can look forward to enjoying the racing action from the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle day in the comfort of the Leopardstown Pavilion where MC Brendan McArdle will host a thrilling days racing including interviews with racing and social personalities, most stylish lady and gents’ competition, Morning Line panel and much more.

Announcing the partnership with Rehab at Leopardstown this morning, were Mark Phelan, Managing Director of BHP, Ciaran Conroy, Commercial Manager at Leopardstown Racecourse, Irish Champion Jockey and current BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle title holder (& Champion NH Jockey) Paul Townend and John McGuire from the Rehab Group.

Mark Phelan, Managing Director BHP said: – “BHP are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle in 2012. The luncheon event to be held on the day promises to be a fantastic event and one which will hopefully raise well deserved funding for our chosen charity partner this year, the Rehab Group. I would encourage anyone with an interest in racing to support this excellent cause while enjoying a day at the races.”

Ciaran Conroy, Commercial Manager Leopardstown Racecourse stated: – “We are delighted to welcome Rehab Group as the new Charity partner of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. The link between BHP Insurance and a charity partner has already proved to be most successful in terms of fund raising and awareness. This model is one we plan to nurture and develop at Leopardstown into the future. I would like to express my thanks to Mark Phelan Managing Director of BHP Insurance for his sponsorship of this great race and genuine support of this wonderful fundraising initiative.’’

Champion Jockey Paul Townend said “I am delighted to be able to support the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle day and their valuable partnership with the Rehab Group. I have been extremely fortunate in my career to date and was honoured to have partnered Hurricane Fly to victory in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle back in January.”

Ballydoyle employees caught laying horses

The official press release:

The Referrals Committee, Judge Tony Hunt (in the Chair), J.R. Craigie and Valerie Cooper met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on 27th September 2011 to consider the referrals of Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge, stable employees of A.P. O’Brien, trainer, by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, in respect of possible breaches of Rule 273(xiv), 4(b) which prohibits the holder of a racing establishment employee card to lay any horse under the care and control of the trainer for whom he is employed to lose a race with any person or betting organisation.

Evidence was heard from Chris Gordon, Turf Club Head of Security. The Committee also considered a number of admissions made by Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge during an interview with Chris Gordon and Hugh Hynes, Turf Club Integrity Analyst, on 10th May 2011 and a copy of the various transactions on both accounts. In addition, the Committee considered a written submission from A.P. O’Brien, trainer and employer of both individuals.

In his evidence Chris Gordon said that both he and Hugh Hynes met with Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge on 10th May 2011. This meeting was also attended by Frank Ward (solicitor representing both employees) and Jonathan Baum, Interpreter. He said that both were Japanese Nationals who had worked with A.P. O’Brien as exercise riders, in Gosuke Motoki’s case since 2003 and in Kaname Tsuge’s case since 2000 with the exception of a 10 month period in 2004.

He said that in Mr. Motoki’s case he fully accepted that he had layed the 34 horses trained by his employer between the period 11th May 2007 and 12th May 2010 as set out in his betting records which had been supplied by Betfair to the Turf Club. Mr. Motoki accepted that this was in contravention of the Rules of Racing but said he had no knowledge of these rules until he was informed of the prohibition on laying horses by Mr. O’Brien in an insert in his December 2010 pay slip. He said that he had a poor grasp of the English language and that both he and his colleague Kaname Tsuge tended not to mix with other members of staff at Ballydoyle because of this.

Mr. Gordon went through the various lay bets (see attached schedule) and summarized Mr. Motoki’s transactions as follows:

Number of horses layed to lose 34

Amount won €1,369.00

Amount lost €1,415.65

Loss on transactions €46.55

Mr. Gordon said that Kaname Tsuge had accepted that he layed 61 horses trained by A.P. O’Brien to lose between 25th March 2007 and 29th October 2010. Mr. Tsuge accepted that this was in contravention of the Rules of Racing and also said that he had no knowledge of these rules until he was informed of the prohibition on laying horses in an insert in his December 2010 pay slip. Like Mr. Motoki, he had a poor grasp of the English language. Mr. Gordon also said that Mr. Tsuge made no effort to cover up what he was doing and even used Ballydoyle, Rosegreen as the registered address on his Betfair account.

Chris Gordon also went through Kaname Tsuge’s lay bets and summarized his transactions as follows:

Number of horses layed to lose 61

Amount won €5,101.19

Amount lost €4,500.84

Profit on transactions €600.35

He accepted that in both cases there was a clear lack of knowledge of the Rule. He said that there was a lack of guidance from the employer and that the language barrier also contributed to the problem. Mr. Gordon said that in his view both Mr. Motoki and Mr. Tsuge were gambling in the majority of cases by laying the Ballydoyle horses rather than using inside information.

Mr. Gordon then outlined how the Turf Club became aware of the transactions. He said that he was contacted by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after they investigated similar lay transactions on British racing following information supplied by Betfair. He said that Betfair knew that both employees were connected with Ballydoyle but despite this they hadn’t informed the Turf Club. As a result the Turf Club requested information from Betfair and the information relating to both accounts was then furnished.

In conclusion he said that both Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge co-operated fully with the investigation.

In his written submission, A.P. O’Brien confirmed that both Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge were employed by him as exercise riders. He said that he trusted them utterly and held them in the highest regard. He also said that he found them to be absolutely honest and conscientious in all their dealings with him and their fellow employees. He also outlined details of changes that have now been made to ensure that all employees are aware that they cannot lay horses or pass information of any kind to third parties. He said that he accepted the conclusion reached by the Turf Club Head of Security that both individuals were gambling rather than deriving an unfair advantage from the availability of inside information.

In his plea, Frank Ward reiterated many of the points already raised and highlighted his client’s lack of knowledge of the Rules, the language barrier and the fact that both were gambling rather than using inside information.

Having considered the evidence, the Committee noted that this was only the second case of its type to be dealt with by the Turf Club. They said that their main concern was to ensure that the integrity of racing was maintained to the highest standards and that they regarded the practice of stable employees laying horses to lose as a most serious offence. They said that in an ordinary situation, offences such as this would warrant a disqualification but in this case a disqualification would not be imposed in view of a number of mitigating factors. Firstly, they accepted that both Mr. Motoki and Mr. Tsuge had no knowledge that what they were doing was wrong. However, this didn’t make what they did right. Secondly, both made no attempt to conceal their addresses and in Mr. Tsuge’s case he actually used Ballydoyle, Rosegreen as his registered address with Betfair. They also noted that the bets were modest in general and that there were many other horses layed by them from other stables so in effect there was a pattern of activity which indicated that both accounts were “gambling”. The Committee noted that the laying of Aidan O’Brien’s horses appeared to be based on perceptions rather than solid information. The Committee also noted the language difficulties. Having taken all these factors into account the Committee imposed a fine of €2,000 on both Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge and ordered that both pay costs of €350.

The Committee was critical of Betfair and in the manner that the information was brought to the attention of the Turf Club. They felt that it should have been furnished much earlier under the Memorandum of Understanding and that the trigger for receiving the information shouldn’t have been a request from the Turf Club following the BHA investigation. They said it was imperative that there is closer co-operation between Betfair and the Turf Club in future and that where Betfair has any suspicion that it be brought to the Turf Club’s attention at the earliest opportunity.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Gosuke Motoki and Kaname Tsuge were represented by Frank Ward, Frank Ward & Company Solicitors, Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7.

Clock is ticking towards Tipp’s Super Sunday

Super Sunday, 2nd October 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting day’s racing at Tipperary Racecourse. With an eight-race mixed card, there are both top class Flat & National Hunt races on offer. The pick of the action on the Flat is the €65,000 Group 3 Coolmore Stud Home Of Champions Concorde Stakes, an extended 7f contest for three-year-olds and upwards, which was won last year by Emulous, who recently landed the Group 1 Coolmore Fusiachi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. Dermot Weld, trainer of Emulous, will be hoping for a repeat win as he has two strong representatives engaged in a field of nineteen entries with Galway Topaz Mile winner, Stunning View, and recent Fairy Bridge Stakes runner up, Anam Alta, sure to make a bold bid. Other notable entries include the likes of Minstrel Stakes winner, Across The Rhine, and last week’s Curragh runner up Bay Knight with Look At Me, Six Of Hearts and Seeharn others to consider.

The National Hunt action on the card sees no less than three Graded races take place. The most valuable of them is the €52,500 Grade 2 Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle a race that was dominated by the legendary Istabraq in the late 1990’s, with Aidan O’Brien’s charge winning three consecutive renewals of the race. In more recent years, it has been won by the likes of Solerina, Harchibald and Go Native. This year’s race has attracted a quality field of eleven entries with Grimes Hurdle winner Captain Cee Bee being opposed once again by Edward O’Grady’s The Real Article who finished a very close second in that race while Galway Hurdle runner up Fosters Cross represents trainer Tom Mullins and the smart Luska Lad could also take his chance.

The Novices’ take centre stage from there, with the Grade 3 Like A Butterfly Novice Chase and the Grade 3 Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle always proving to be informative and exciting contests. Twelve entries were received for the Like A Butterfly Novice Chase with the ‘Mouse’ Morris trained First Lieutenant, narrow winner of the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last March, catching the eye while the likes of recent chase winners Ainama, Sorceror and Slievedaragh should feature prominently. A dozen entries also appear in the Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle with recent Fairyhouse winner, Steps To Freedom, from the Jessica Harrington yard, expected to be fully tested by Galway winner Tavern Times with the smart bumper mare Dazzling Susie and John Kiely’s Carlingford Lough all likely to make their presence felt.

As it is also Prix de l’Arc day in Longchamp, Racing Journalists Damien McElroy and David Byrnes will preview both cards in the Enclosure in Tipperary Racecourse at 12:45pm. This will include interviews with trainers and jockeys to help you pick your winners for the day and of course the main action from Longchamp will be shown live on the big screen.

Following their historic win in Croke Park against Dublin, the Tipperary Minor Football team will be at the races on Sunday to show off the Tom Markham Cup to all their fans.

To encourage people to come early Tipperary Racecourse is offering FREE ADMISSION to the first 100 people through the turnstiles. The regular admission price is €15 for adults and €10 for OAP’s/Students with the option of a €5 TOTE betting voucher or €5 food voucher. All accompanied children under 18 are FREE.

Gates open at 12noon and the first race on the day will be at 2pm.